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Tank Car
Liquid ABS Tank Car by the Barile Tank Co. (see decal) using castle walls and triangular lattice space elements.
About this creation

This tank car was originally inspired by Brian Williams' (
White Mobil tank car,
by the castle
and multi-facetted slopes (3 x 3 x 2, part #s 2463
& 2464) to
cap the ends. The triangular
lattice elements (8 x 6 x 2/3, part #30036
were initially suggested by Ben Fleskes, but through a friendly
misunderstanding I put them together in the hour-glass shape where Ben had them oriented the other way.
I really love the look of the hourglass chesses arrangement.

I was excited when the Star Wars sets came out with the new 1x2 brick with a
vertical clip
. The original design used a stack of plates to achieve this same
mechanism and the 1x1 vertical clip plate was not centered. 

The SNOT techniques involved in this model are very compartmentalized, even
so, the beauty of the LEGO system geometry allows for very robust
connections between the tank and the chesses and the top railing system.

The Decals are created on a thermal wax printer onto clear blank decal paper.
I purchased the clear blank decal material from the "Bare
Metal Foil Company
". Dealing with them has been somewhat spotty, but
reasonable. The printing of decals and their fragile nature takes a bit getting
used to.

I have at least
eight of these built and love to run them together. They're light weight and use
the smallest configuration bogies that have very low rolling resistance. One of
my suggestions w.r.t. building rolling stock is,  if  you're gonna
build one, you gotta build at least two, and preferably more. Having multiple
copies of a MOC really helps legitimizes a design.

Tank8_ISO_side1.jpg (65618 bytes)

Tank8_ISO_top1.jpg (63751 bytes)

Tank8_3xISO_side1.jpg (53025 bytes)

Tank8_3xISO_side2.jpg (59679 bytes)

Tank8_3xISO_top1.jpg (95908 bytes)

tankcarposterhiq.jpg (83463 bytes)

Instruction Sheet


  January 23, 2009
VeryVeryVery nice. Couldn't have made it better. -AW
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  December 20, 2004
I love the style!!
By Steven Barile
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